The Wall Street Journal: Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh, wrongly claims he was ‘proven innocent’

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday held a ceremonial swearing-in for new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, where the president apologized to the judge for a fraught confirmation process in which he faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.

“I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” Trump said. “You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent.”

Trump ordered an FBI investigation last month after some Republican lawmakers said they were hesitant to confirm Kavanaugh without further examination into the allegations. The investigation, which interviewed one of three women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, finished two days earlier than its deadline and faced broad criticism from Democrats that it wasn’t appropriately comprehensive. After the investigation concluded, the White House and Republican lawmakers said it didn’t corroborate the allegations.

Kavanaugh, in remarks after taking the judicial oath, thanked Trump for his “steadfast” and “unwavering” support during the confirmation process. “Mr. President, thank you for everything,” he said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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